Turmeric, the spice that you would usually add to curries or Indian dishes, has fast become a favourite for its many health and beauty benefits.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and brightening properties make it the spice to keep not only in your kitchen, but in your bathroom cabinet too.
When it comes to beauty, turmeric is a true miracle worker, so here are six easy ways to incorporate it into your beauty routine.
If you’re looking for a natural anti-ageing product, turmeric is one to try. According to the Global Healing Centre, it’s rich in antioxidants, which help to protect your skin from harmful free radicals and ultraviolet light – that makes skin age faster.
To reap the benefits of turmeric, create a paste using equal parts of turmeric powder, gram flour, and raw milk to exfoliate your skin.
Then, before your bath, slather the paste on your face, or even your whole body. Once the paste has dried, hop into your bath to scrub it off without soap, and you’ll be left with radiant skin.
Turmeric’s antibacterial and brightening properties make it the perfect solution for pimples.
Mix together this homemade mask to fight off further infections that could contribute to acne:
- A little water to mix a paste
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp chickpea powder
- 1 Tbsp turmeric powder
Apply your homemade turmeric mask to your face and neck, and rinse with cold water once the mask has dried.
Facial hair minimiser
Regular use of turmeric can help to slow down facial hair growth. Try this DIY turmeric and mustard oil mask to gently remove fine facial fuzz without irritation:
- Mix 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp gram flour, a few drops of mustard oil (you can substitute with almond oil) and water to make a thick paste.
- Apply the mask, and after 5 minutes, gently remove by rubbing in the opposite direction to your hair growth.
Tip: This mask is not suitable for those with sensitive skin.
You can whiten your teeth without buying extra tubes or strips. Plus, you can treat your teeth more often because all the ingredients below are most likely already in your kitchen cupboards.
Create your homemade toothpaste with 2 parts turmeric, 1 part coconut oil and 1 part baking soda. Then, grab your toothbrush, add an ample amount of the turmeric whitening paste and brush normally for 2 minutes. Rinse well and voila!
Cracked heels relief
Coconut oil and turmeric make great bedfellows again with this mixture for cracked heels, or other dry patches on your body.
Mix the two power ingredients, adding only a little turmeric, and apply over the troubled area. This will allow your cracked heels to heal faster and soften over time.
If you often have to deal with dandruff flakes, turmeric has got you covered! The magic spice promotes circulation, which will ensure that your hair follicles get the nutrients they need.
Before a shower, mix turmeric and olive oil together. Apply the mixture to your scalp and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing your hair with a natural shampoo.
DISCLAIMER: Before trying new beauty treatments, it is advised that you speak to your doctor or dermatologist. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to professional advice from your doctor or dermatologist. ALSO, please note, that turmeric can stain so take caution when using the ingredient.